Sign & Digital Graphics

July '16

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34 • July 2016 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS Other trends are eco-friendly processes and materials, and polyester is recycla- ble," he adds. Improved Polyester Fabrics Nakayama reports that he is noticing that fabric manufacturers are expand- ing and tailoring their products so that they're compatible with dye-sublimation inks. "For example, there are different types of polyester fabrics intended to mimic the look and feel of materials such as cotton, nylon, and silk, which are all materials that are incompatible with dye- sublimation ink." Randy Anderson, product manager at Mutoh America, agrees, adding that the look and feel of polyester fabrics have improved phenomenally in the past few years, and this has benetted and spurred growth in the fashion market more than any other application. Anderson reports that he is seeing more industrial type printers being intro- duced for the smaller format markets and higher speed models for users to address production needs in the large-format markets. The new Mutoh ValueJet 1938TX direct to textile printer is said to be ideal for custom apparel, home furnishings, tradeshow graphics, soft signage, flags and upholstery. (Image courtesy of Mutoh America Inc.) Hunter points out that utilizing the XT-640's additional ink options for producing photo- graphic quality images with subtle skin tones and extremely vivid colors, users can create stunning banners, flags, backdrops, points-of-purchase signs. (Image courtesy of Roland DGA)

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